Blaze destroys street crash car

Cockburn councillor Bart Houwen (left) with Barrington Street residents at the site of the crash. The car was turned into a ball of flame and was left just a burnt-out shell. Pictures: Phil Eva
Cockburn councillor Bart Houwen (left) with Barrington Street residents at the site of the crash. The car was turned into a ball of flame and was left just a burnt-out shell. Pictures: Phil Eva

The car hit a bollard about 8.40pm on June 30. Twenty minutes later it was burnt to a shell.

Sharon Sheridan, who lives just metres from the crash site, recalled how efforts to extinguish the flaming wreckage were unsuccessful.

‘It was scary because the car was so close to going through our fence,’ she said.

‘My children’s bedrooms back onto that fence so it could have been even worse.’

‘We were putting the hose on the blaze and it wasn’t doing anything. The fire extinguisher didn’t do anything either.’

Having lived on the street for close to two decades, Ms Sheridan said drivers hooning along the street was now the norm.

‘Anyone who says it isn’t getting worse doesn’t know the area that well.’

‘You hear the skids and you expect something is going to happen. Something has to be done before someone is killed because it’s only a matter of time.’

South Metropolitan traffic operations manager Senior Constable Eric Hayman said police were concerned by recent driver trends.

‘Speeding and hooning is an ongoing issue in the South Metropolitan district,’ he said.

‘There has been an increase in crash numbers recently. I’m not sure if it’s the weather or what it is, but drivers need to be paying attention.’

He said a new police initiative targeting bad driver behaviour could be expected for late July or early August.

‘We will be targeting everything from drink-driving, speeding, mobile-related offences and everything in between. We need to reinforce the message to drivers to slow down and to stay alert.’